About Us

Linda Peacock and Ann Hodsden have joined their artistic talents together to create Hidden Talents.

Linda Peacock CRI, CRFI, CRWI

I was born and raised in New Zealand to an English mother and a New Zealander father. My father was an artist and I used to watch him paint with fascination. I moved to England in 1980, married and had three children. I married again in 1997 to the love of my life.

I never had the opportunity to pursue my longing for art until my youngest child was at playgroup. I then completed a watercolour and drawing class for over two years and loved every minute of it.

Many years went by but it wasn’t until I reduced my working hours that I had the opportunity to explore painting again in different mediums. After going to a craft fair I came across an artist who was demonstrating the “Bob Ross” oil painting technique. I found this style of painting fascinating and it gave me the freedom to express myself on canvas. Encouraged by my husband Doug and my family I have continued to paint with a passion ever since. I recall memories of my beautiful homeland as inspiration for some of my paintings. I also have a love of colour and try to inject this into my art.

In 2010 I become a Certified Ross Instructor and am currently teaching classes in the St Albans Area.

I met Ann through friends and our shared interest in the arts lead us to create Hidden Talents.

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Ann Hodsden

I was born and raised in Hertfordshire and from a very early age I always had an interest in photography and textiles.
Growing up in the colourful years of the seventies I was always very interested in interior design and fashion.

The introduction of colour film led me to my real passion for photography and although I started my career in administration I always yearned to study textiles and eventually after some encouragement from my family I had the courage to enroll on an access course at Hertfordshire University for two years studying textiles, photography and printing. I also completed an Interior Design course at my local college.

In my artwork I try to photograph aspects of everyday life that we encounter but may not notice. There is a lot of beauty hidden around us that is unseen and I love the way photos capture that moment in time.

I met Linda some years ago through a mutual friend. We discovered we shared the same ideas and Hidden Talents was born.

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